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The 2011–12 season of the Belgian Pro League (also known as Jupiler Pro League for sponsorship reasons) was the 109th season of top-tier football in Belgium. It began on 29 July 2011 with the first match of the regular season and ended in May 2012 with the last matches of the playoff rounds. The defending champions were Genk, who this time ended in third position, while the competition was won by Anderlecht, who clenched the title after a 1–1 draw against Club Brugge with two games left to play in the Championship Playoff.

Jupiler Pro League
Season2011–12
ChampionsAnderlecht
31st league title
RelegatedSint-Truiden
Westerlo
Champions LeagueAnderlecht
Club Brugge
Europa LeagueLokeren
Genk
Gent
Matches played302
Goals scored892 (2.95 per match)
Top goalscorerJérémy Perbet (25 goals)
Biggest home winGent 6–0 Sint-Truiden
Biggest away winKortrijk 0–4 Gent, Genk 0–4 Anderlecht
Highest scoringCercle Brugge 6–4 OH Leuven
Longest winning run7 matches[1]
Anderlecht
Longest unbeaten run16 matches[2]
Anderlecht
Longest winless run13 matches[3]
Zulte Waregem
Longest losing run6 matches[4]
Sint-Truiden
Westerlo

Contents

TeamsEdit

Team changesEdit

During the previous season, on 23 April 2011, Charleroi were relegated as a result of a 2–2 draw at home to Eupen in the relegation playoff, making it impossible to overtake them in the standings. This ended a spell of 26 consecutive seasons of being at the top level of Belgian football, with only Anderlecht, Club Brugge and Standard Liège being present for more years.[5] As winner of the relegation playoff, Eupen avoided direct relegation, but was still forced to play the Second Division Final Round together with second division teams Lommel United, Waasland-Beveren and Mons for the final spot in first division. However, after losing four matches in a row, Eupen was also relegated on 19 May 2011[6] after just one season at the top level. In the final match between Mons and Waasland-Beveren, Mons eventually came out as winner of the final round and took the place of Eupen.[7]

On 24 April 2011, just one day after the relegation of Charleroi, Oud-Heverlee Leuven was promoted after securing the title in the Second Division and as a result, the city of Leuven now has a first division team again for the first time in 61 years.[8]

Stadia and locationsEdit

Club Location Venue Capacity[citation needed]
R.S.C. Anderlecht Anderlecht Constant Vanden Stock Stadium 28,063
Beerschot AC Antwerp Olympisch Stadion 13,132
Cercle Brugge K.S.V. Brugge Jan Breydel Stadium 29,945
Club Brugge KV Brugge Jan Breydel Stadium 29,945
K.R.C. Genk Genk Cristal Arena 24,900
K.A.A. Gent Ghent Jules Ottenstadion 12,919
K.V. Kortrijk Kortrijk Guldensporen Stadion 9,500
Lierse S.K. Lier Herman Vanderpoortenstadion 14,538
K.S.C. Lokeren Oost-Vlaanderen Lokeren Daknamstadion 10,000
KV Mechelen Mechelen Argosstadion Achter de Kazerne 13,123
R.A.E.C. Mons Mons Stade Charles Tondreau 12,000
Oud-Heverlee Leuven Leuven Den Dreef 8,519
K. Sint-Truidense V.V. Sint-Truiden Staaienveld 11,250
Standard Liège Liège Stade Maurice Dufrasne 30,000
K.V.C. Westerlo Westerlo Het Kuipje 7,982
S.V. Zulte-Waregem Waregem Regenboogstadion 8,500

Personnel and sponsoringEdit

Club Chairman Current manager Team captain Shirt sponsor
R.S.C. Anderlecht   Roger Vanden Stock   Ariël Jacobs   Lucas Biglia BNP Paribas Fortis
Beerschot AC   Jos Verhaegen no manager at end of season   Gary Kagelmacher Quick
Cercle Brugge K.S.V.   Frans Schotte   Bob Peeters   Hans Cornelis A D M B
Club Brugge KV   Bart Verhaeghe   Christoph Daum   Carl Hoefkens Belfius
K.R.C. Genk   Herbert Houben   Mario Been   David Hubert Euphony
K.A.A. Gent   Ivan De Witte   Trond Sollied   César Arzo VDK
K.V. Kortrijk   Jozef Allijns   Hein Vanhaezebrouck   Nebojša Pavlović Digipass by VASCO
Lierse S.K.   Maged Samy   Chris Janssens   Eiji Kawashima Wadi Degla
K.S.C. Lokeren Oost-Vlaanderen   Roger Lambrecht   Peter Maes   Killian Overmeire Q-Team VP Lambrecht
KV Mechelen   Johan Timmermans   Marc Brys   Julien Gorius Telenet
R.A.E.C. Mons   Dominique Leone   Enzo Scifo   Tom Van Imschoot Holcim
Oud-Heverlee Leuven   Jan Callewaert   Ronny Van Geneugden   Bjorn Ruytinx Option
K. Sint-Truidense V.V.   Bart Lammens   Franky Van der Elst   Peter Delorge Belisol
Standard Liège   Roland Duchâtelet   José Riga   Jelle Van Damme Nationale Loterij
K.V.C. Westerlo   Herman Wijnants   Jan Ceulemans   Jef Delen Willy Naessens
S.V. Zulte-Waregem   Willy Naessens   Francky Dury   Karel D'Haene Enfinity, Petrus

Managerial changesEdit

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Position Replaced by Date of appointment
Gent   Francky Dury Mutual Consent 17 May 2011[9] Pre-season   Trond Sollied 7 June 2011[10]
Zulte-Waregem   Hugo Broos Sacked 23 May 2011[11] Pre-season   Darije Kalezić 25 May 2011[12]
Lierse   Trond Sollied Contract Ended End of 2010-11 season[13] Pre-season   Chris Janssens 1 June 2011[13]
Standard Liège   Dominique D'Onofrio Contract Ended 6 June 2011[14] Pre-season   José Riga 28 June 2011[15]
Genk   Franky Vercauteren Signed for   Al Jazira Club 18 August 2011[16][17] 5th   Mario Been 30 August 2011[18]
Sint-Truiden   Guido Brepoels Sacked 30 August 2011[19] 15th   Franky Van der Elst 2 September 2011[20]
Club Brugge   Adrie Koster Sacked 30 October 2011[21] 4th   Christoph Daum 9 November 2011[22]
Zulte-Waregem   Darije Kalezić Sacked 27 December 2011[23] 14th   Francky Dury 30 December 2011[24]
Mons   Dennis van Wijk Mutual agreement 28 February 2012[25] 11th   Enzo Scifo 28 February 2012[26]
Beerschot   Jacky Mathijssen Mutual agreement 26 March 2012[27] 11th   Adrie Koster 1 June 2012[28]

Regular seasonEdit

League tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Anderlecht 30 20 7 3 61 26 +35 67 Belgian Championship Playoff 2011–12
2 Club Brugge 30 19 4 7 51 32 +19 61
3 Gent 30 17 5 8 63 35 +28 56
4 Standard Liège 30 14 9 7 43 33 +10 51
5 Genk 30 13 7 10 60 44 +16 46
6 Kortrijk 30 13 7 10 39 36 +3 46
7 Cercle Brugge 30 13 7 10 36 37 −1 46 Belgian Europa League Playoff 2011–12
8 Lokeren 30 11 11 8 48 40 +8 44
9 Mechelen 30 10 7 13 40 50 −10 37
10 Mons 30 9 9 12 50 55 −5 36
11 Beerschot 30 9 9 12 45 51 −6 36
12 Lierse 30 6 13 11 24 36 −12 31
13 Zulte Waregem 30 6 12 12 32 38 −6 30
14 OH Leuven 30 7 8 15 38 58 −20 29
15 Westerlo 30 5 5 20 29 59 −30 20 Belgian Relegation Playoff 2011–12
16 Sint-Truiden 30 3 10 17 32 61 −29 19
Source: soccerway.com
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) number of matches won; if teams are still tied a playoff is organised.

Positions by roundEdit

Note: The classification was made after the weekend (or midweek) of each matchday, so postponed matches were only processed at the time they were played to represent the real evolution in standings.

Only one match has been postponed during the season:

  • On matchday 18: Cercle Brugge vs. Gent of 16 December because of a rain-drenched pitch, was played two days later on 18 December.[29]
Team ╲ Round123456789101112131415161718192021222324252627282930
Anderlecht1262584221111111111111111111111
Club Brugge111243113234443323333333222222
Gent14138311432322222232222222333333
Standard Liège6210375875657554464554444445544
Genk23510109658986767877676666766665
Kortrijk61069610786765676545445555577776
Cercle Brugge5411622344443335656767777654457
Lokeren10151412131313131310101210101010111212121111119899888
Mechelen383136910101211101211111110101010108881088999
Beerschot151491111111111118911999989998991091010101010
Mons694758567578888798889101011111111111111
Lierse61013141414141415141414141414141413131313131212121212121212
Zulte Waregem104781212121212131313131313131314141414141413141313131313
OH Leuven37121397109911129111212121211111112121314131414141414
Westerlo161616161616151514151515161616161615151515151515151515161515
Sint-Truiden121215151515161616161616151515151516161616161616161616151616

ResultsEdit

Home \ Away AND BEE CER BRU GNK GNT KVK LIE LOK KVM MON OHL STV STA WES ZWA
Anderlecht 3–2 4–0 3–0 4–2 3–1 2–0 4–0 3–2 3–1 2–2 0–0 3–1 5–0 3–1 2–1
Beerschot 0–0 4–0 1–1 2–0 2–2 0–1 0–0 2–2 2–2 2–0 2–1 3–2 1–1 3–1 2–0
Cercle Brugge 1–0 2–1 1–2 3–2 0–1 1–2 0–0 1–1 1–0 1–1 2–0 2–2 0–1 3–1 1–0
Club Brugge 1–1 5–1 1–0 4–5 2–0 2–1 1–0 3–0 0–1 2–1 1–0 1–0 1–0 5–0 1–0
Genk 0–1 3–1 4–2 3–0 3–1 2–2 4–0 0–1 0–0 2–0 5–0 2–1 3–0 3–0 2–2
Gent 0–1 0–1 0–1 1–3 2–0 3–1 1–0 3–1 6–2 2–0 6–1 6–0 3–1 3–1 0–0
Kortrijk 0–1 2–0 2–0 2–1 3–2 0–4 1–1 2–5 1–0 2–2 2–0 4–0 2–0 1–0 0–0
Lierse 0–0 1–1 2–2 0–1 0–0 2–1 2–0 1–1 2–2 1–1 3–1 0–2 0–2 0–0 2–1
Lokeren 0–1 1–1 1–0 1–2 3–1 1–1 1–4 2–0 3–2 3–1 0–1 0–0 1–1 4–0 0–0
Mechelen 2–1 2–1 1–2 1–2 3–2 0–2 0–0 2–1 0–2 4–1 2–2 2–1 1–2 1–0 1–1
Mons 1–1 4–2 0–2 0–2 1–2 1–1 3–1 2–1 3–3 5–1 2–2 4–2 1–1 2–1 3–1
OH Leuven 2–1 3–2 2–3 3–1 1–1 2–3 0–2 0–0 1–1 1–2 3–1 3–1 1–3 1–1 2–2
Sint-Truiden 2–2 2–4 0–1 3–3 3–4 3–4 0–0 1–1 0–2 0–0 2–3 2–1 1–1 0–3 1–0
Standard Liège 1–2 6–1 0–0 2–1 0–0 0–0 3–1 2–0 3–1 3–2 2–1 4–0 0–0 1–0 1–0
Westerlo 1–2 3–1 1–3 0–1 3–2 2–3 0–0 0–2 2–4 1–3 2–1 1–3 2–0 0–0 1–1
Zulte Waregem 2–3 1–0 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–3 1–0 1–2 1–1 2–0 2–3 2–1 0–0 4–2 3–1
Updated to match(es) played on 21 March 2012. Source: Soccerway
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Championship PlayoffEdit

The points obtained during the regular season were halved (and rounded up) before the start of the playoff. As a result, the teams started with the following points before the playoff: Anderlecht 34 points, Club Brugge 31, Gent 28, Standard 26, Genk 23 and Kortrijk 23.

Playoff tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Anderlecht (C) 10 5 3 2 16 8 +8 52 2012–13 UEFA Champions League Third qualifying round
2 Club Brugge (Q) 10 5 2 3 14 11 +3 48
3 Genk (Q) 10 6 0 4 19 19 0 41 2012–13 UEFA Europa League Third qualifying round
4 Gent 10 4 0 6 16 16 0 40 Testmatch
5 Standard Liège 10 2 3 5 10 17 −7 35
6 Kortrijk 10 3 2 5 16 20 −4 34
Updated to match(es) played on 10 May 2012. Source: soccerway.com
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) points after deduction of (possible) half points added due to rounding; 3) number of wins; 4) goal difference; 5) number of goals scored; 6) number of away goals scored; 7) number of away wins.
(C) Champion; (Q) Qualified to the phase indicated.

Positions by roundEdit

Below the positions per round are shown. As teams did not all start with an equal number of points, the initial pre-playoffs positions are also given.

Team ╲ RoundInitial12345678910
Anderlecht11111111111
Club Brugge22222222222
Genk56643343333
Gent33334434444
Standard Liège44555555555
Kortrijk65466666666

ResultsEdit

Home \ Away AND BRU GNT STA GNK KVK
Anderlecht 1–1 1–0 3–0 1–3 1–1
Club Brugge 0–1 1–0 2–0 2–0 3–2
Gent 1–4 2–1 3–0 3–1 2–3
Standard Liège 0–0 1–1 2–1 2–3 2–0
Genk 0–4 1–2 2–0 3–2 2–0
Kortrijk 2–0 3–1 1–4 1–1 3–4
Source:[citation needed]
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Europa League PlayoffEdit

Group A contains the teams finishing the regular season in positions 7, 9, 12 and 14. The teams finishing in positions 8, 10, 11 and 13 were placed in Group B.

Group AEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts CER OHL LIE KVM
1 Cercle Brugge 6 3 2 1 16 10 +6 11 6–4 0–0 3–1
2 OH Leuven 6 3 1 2 15 14 +1 10 3–2 1–1 4–2
3 Lierse 6 1 4 1 7 7 0 7 2–2 1–2 2–1
4 Mechelen 6 1 1 4 7 14 −7 4 0–3 2–1 1–1

Group BEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts MON ZWA BEE LOK
1 Mons 6 3 2 1 8 4 +4 11 0–1 2–0 1–1
2 Zulte-Waregem 6 2 2 2 7 8 −1 8 0–2 2–0 2–2
3 Beerschot 6 2 1 3 9 10 −1 7 1–1 3–1 4–1
4 Lokeren 6 1 3 2 9 11 −2 6 1–2 1–1 3–1

Europa League playoff finalEdit

The winners of both playoff groups competed in a two-legged match to play the fourth-placed team of the championship playoff, called Testmatch. The winners of this Testmatch were granted entry to the second qualifying round of the 2012–13 UEFA Europa League.

Mons0 – 1Cercle Brugge
Rudy   59'

Cercle Brugge3 – 2Mons
Van Eenoo   54'
Mertens   74'
Gombami   85'
Jarju   20'
De Belder   90'

Cercle Brugge won 4–2 on aggregate.

Testmatches Europa LeagueEdit

Europa League playoff final winners Cercle Brugge competed with fourth placed team Gent for the final European ticket. After a 7-2 aggregate win, Gent qualified for the second qualifying round of the 2012–13 UEFA Europa League.

Cercle Brugge1 – 5Gent
Gombami   39' report Maréval   13'
Coulibaly   15'
El Ghanassy   49'
Jørgensen   66'82'

Gent2 – 1Cercle Brugge
Mboyo   33'76' report Dompig   9'

Gent won 7–2 on aggregate.

Relegation PlayoffEdit

The teams finishing in the last two positions Westerlo and Sint-Truiden, faced each other in the relegation playoff. Westerlo started with a three-point bonus and home advantage for finishing above Sint-Truiden during the regular season. Although the teams were scheduled to play each other 5 times, Westerlo forced the decision already after four matches making the last match obsolete. Thereby, Sint-Truiden was relegated and Westerlo was allowed to play the relegation playoffs with the teams from the Second Division.

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Westerlo (R) 4 3 0 1 12 6 +6 12 Belgian Second Division Final Round
2 Sint-Truiden (R) 4 1 0 3 6 12 −6 3 Relegation to 2012–13 Belgian Second Division
Updated to match(es) played on 21 April 2012. Source: soccerway.com
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) head-to-head points; 3) head-to-head goal difference; 4) head-to-head goals scored; 5) goal difference; 6) number of goals scored.
(R) Relegated.
Home \ Away STV WES STV WES STV WES
Sint-Truiden 3–1 1–4
Westerlo 3–2 4–0 [a]
Updated to match(es) played on 31 March 2012. Source: soccerway.com
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
Notes:
  1. ^ Match not played as Sint-Truiden could no longer overtake Westerlo in the standings

Top goalscorersEdit

Source: sporza.be and Sport.be ‹See Tfd›(in Dutch)

Position Player Club Goals
1   Jérémy Perbet Mons 25
2   Jelle Vossen Genk 21
3   Christian Benteke Genk 16
4   Joseph Akpala Club Brugge 15
  Dieumerci Mbokani Anderlecht
  Jordan Remacle OH Leuven
7   Guillaume Gillet Anderlecht 14
  Julien Gorius Mechelen
9   Hernán Losada Beerschot 13
10   Benjamin De Ceulaer Lokeren 12
  Hamdi Harbaoui Lokeren
  Ilombe Mboyo Gent
  Rudy Cercle Brugge
  Matías Suárez Anderlecht
10 goals (1 player)
1 goal (79 players)
2 Own goals (3 players)

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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